At Shaws Preschool, we understand that navigating the potty training journey can be a source of stress for Mums and Dads, and children too! Our advice is to relax, as everyone learns to use the toilet at their own pace. The average age for toilet training is three, but that’s just an average. Once your child is ready to be potty trained, it will be fast and almost stress-free.

We’re here to support you every step of the way. Here are our top tips on how to spot when your child is ready for potty training and how to make it as easy as possible for both you and your little one:

Signs Your Child is Ready:

  • No longer comfortable in a wet diaper: If you notice your child becoming increasingly fussy or irritated with wet or soiled diapers, it may be a sign that they’re ready to transition to underwear.
  • Showing curiosity about using the toilet: Many preschoolers start showing interest in using the toilet after watching older siblings or classmates. This curiosity is a positive indication that they’re ready to give potty training a try.
  • Maintaining a dry diaper for longer periods: When your child can go for extended periods with a dry diaper, it shows that they’re developing bladder control and may be ready to start using the toilet.
  • Communicating the need to pee or poo: As your child’s language skills develop, they may start using words or gestures to let you know when they need to use the toilet. This is a promising sign that they’re ready for toilet training.

Tips for Stress-Free Potty Training:

  • Say goodbye to diapers and introduce fun underwear: Let your child pick out their own underwear with fun designs or characters to get them excited about the transition out of diapers.
  • Invest in comfortable potty equipment: Whether you choose a standalone potty or a child’s toilet seat, make sure it’s comfortable and inviting for your child to use.
  • Establish a consistent potty schedule: Set regular times throughout the day to take your child to the toilet, such as after meals or before bedtime, to help them develop a routine.
  • Celebrate every success: Praise your child for every step they take towards using the toilet independently, whether it’s sitting on the potty or successfully using it.
  • Choose a dedicated time for training: Pick a time when you can focus on potty training without too many distractions or disruptions, such as during a school holiday or a long weekend.
  • Work with your child’s preschool: Keep your child’s teachers informed about your potty training efforts at home so they can provide support and consistency at school. If your child does have “accidents” at school and they are required to wear a diaper, suggest pull-ups for them rather than diapers.
  • Be patient and flexible: Remember that every child is different, and it’s okay if progress is slow or if setbacks occur along the way. Stay patient, and trust that your child will get there in their own time.

Remember, if your child is resistant, it’s okay to leave the toilet training for a while and try again at a different time. It is not meant to be a stressful transition for you or your child. By recognizing the signs of readiness and following these tips, you can help make potty training a positive and empowering experience for your preschooler.

At Shaws Preschool, we are committed to providing support and resources to help parents navigate important milestones like potty training. For more information on our approach to early childhood education, visit our website at Let’s tackle potty training together!